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Keywords International Reviews

Updated September 7, 2017
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  • No job security, as projects may suddenly end or suspend (in 12 reviews)

  • 2- Low salary but it's the average in the QA business (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Good company overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keywords International full-time

    Pros

    Nice coworkers to work with

    Cons

    Organization could have been better


  2. "Game Tester"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Keywords International full-time

    Pros

    It is a good working experience in Keywords.

    Cons

    I participated in Programs like FinalFantasy.

  3. "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Localization QC in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Localization QC in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Keywords International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company offers free drinks and coffee.

    Cons

    Company project managers are largely incompetent. There didn't seem to be any active solicitation of new business. In fact, during my time there, the company lost some key contracts with Microsoft to a competitor.

    Keywords Studios has closed its doors at its former location.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent managers. Actively seek new business.


  4. "Localization Tester"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Keywords International full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work. Amazing co-workers.

    Cons

    No job security. Don't know when they are going to call you again


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Only if you don't need to pay any bills."

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    Former Employee - Lqa Tester in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Lqa Tester in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Keywords International part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy interview, nice coworkers, good salary for such simple job, nice workspace.
    Flexible brakes and shifts ( nobody cares if you running late for 30-40 minutes)

    Cons

    You never know will you get job in next month, or not.

    Be ready to stay at home UNPAID for a few months until you get another few months project. (if you lucky)

    Advice to Management

    Find more contracts and give peoples more stable job


  6. Helpful (3)

    "LQA Video Game Tester"

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    Former Employee - Lqa Tester in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Lqa Tester in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Keywords International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Diverse international environment.
    - Decent pay for the requirements.
    - Nice office space.

    Let's be honest. The pay is really decent for what you have to do. I don't see why so may people here are complaining. This is not rocket science. All you have to do is being precise and pay attention to mistakes and errors. The work hours are normal and they even "force' you to take a break every two hours.
    Plus the diversity of the people working in this place is amazing.

    Cons

    - High [sometimes annoying] security standards.
    - No flexible work hours [would be nice to avoid the traffic]

    Advice to Management

    In the introduction, point out the amazing things about this place. Not that you can get fired if you touch that blinds.


  7. "meh..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Keywords International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very interesting projects

    Cons

    no job security is provided

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Tester QA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Orca card , coffee , clean place

    Cons

    Boring work ever , lonnnng hours

    Advice to Management

    do some work


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Tester/translator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees from many cultures and countries.

    Cons

    Short project and not much work to do

    Advice to Management

    Not much skills needed


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Trump should be the Boss"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    -Good/Fun Summers job for students
    -Job on the side for adults leaving still with parents or for a house wife
    -First time experience in Microsoft
    -Sometimes cool games to test
    -Meet other foreigners from lots of diferent places

    Cons

    -Management is incompetent & they lie to you at interview about the type of job it is. This is not a year round job. You will be home MONTHS (not days and weeks like they say) before they call you back in, if they even call. They will not fire you because you could sue them, so they just keep lying and says that they will tell you if something comes when there's no accountability and you're home without pay.

    -Dead end job. Sometime they say to be politically correct that the loyal, hardworking people will get hired fulltime or promoted. This rarely happened in the long time I was there (not even had ONE work review) and most of the smart, experienced people get jobs on better Microsoft teams or they go to Amazon (pays way more). Then you lose all of the best comrades.

    -Testers are paid by language and not skill/experience. If you speak a more rare language, like Dutch or from Norway, you can ask for $20+ an hour but then they will just cut you after the project's over because they don't want to keep you around for that much. Spanish will pay a lot less but you do the same amount of work or more.

    -People who pay there own rent can't afford to stay at this company. You will soon be forced to the streets looking for another job if you start here anyway. Why bother?? Just find a better job (and the main manager will tell this direct to you if you make a complain...he is a jerk who does not like the responsibility being the boss He secretly wants a demotion cuz' the company is quite bad)

    -Worst Boss of your career life ever guaranteed. Unprofessional, tries to do cover up, seams cool sometime, but he generally just hates every person, major stress issues. No honest work evaluation given, only criticism of his staff behind closed doors. Donald Trump would be better!!

    Advice to Management

    Change your policy to match labor law of the USA. Maybe we are foreigners in your employ but sooner than later, you are gonna get sued (discrimination, illegal hirings) and Microsoft probably won't like this! Maybe you need an American to do the job.


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